More the people than music in art show

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Steve Roper's "Out of this World Solos."

ARTIST Steve Roper takes an entertaining look at music, music and music in his newest show “Dig that Crazy Beat”, opening tomorrow.

In this show Roper’s work focuses on the emotions shown by musicians, their  variety of expression.

Some musicians, he says, express a lot of emotions to their audience when playing, whereas others look inwards focusing on their playing and are completely self absorbed.

“I am more interested in capturing something about the people than I am in the instrument they are playing, but I have tried to capture the feeling of the instrument at times,” Roper says.

Roper has, for a long time, been interested in cartoons and humorous art, drawing cartoons for student and community papers and recently illustrating a book.

“For the last few years I have been using a variety of methods – including drawing in association with meditation and psychotherapy, during emotionally charged experiences, or drawing while doing something else (that could be watching TV listening to music or working on observation drawing) to explore subconscious drawing,” he says.

The results can be seen in his show.

“Dig that Crazy Beat” by Steve Roper, at Wilbur’s Café Bar, Hackett shops, May 2-27. Opening night, May 2 with guest band Square Peg. All welcome.


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